Last night on the farm, there was a blowout in Buffalo, a rainout in Binghamton, and the return of Sean Ratliff! Let’s check it out:
Buffalo 12, Scranton Wilkes Barre 3
Jeurys Familia took the hill as the Bisons blew away the hated Yankees. Familia lasted 5 innings on a blustery day in Buffalo, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, including a homerun. He walked 3 but struck out 8, and according to reports his curveball was “electric”. Three different relievers combined to give up 2 hits in 4 scoreless innings. While Familia was getting guys to swing and miss, the Bisons bats were swinging and hitting, and hitting a lot. Omar Quintanilla led the way with 3 hits, while Josh Satin, Val Pascucci, and Zach Lutz all had 2 hits. Lutz homered twice and drove in 3 runs. Pascucci and Jordany Valdespin both homered and drove in 3 runs. Valdespin continues to play centerfield, but has still not caught on to the nuances of the position. Ironically, he could be called up to the big league club to play second base with Terry Collins saying he would move Daniel Murphy to third base if David Wright has to go to the disabled list, which would mean either Valdespin or Satin would likely get the call up to help fill in at second base.
The B-Mets series finale against Erie was rained out, and a double header has been scheduled for Friday, July 13th.
St. Lucie 6, Charlotte 4
Make it 5 in a row for the Lucies, who completed a 3-game sweep of Charlotte, scoring 6 runs in each game. However, the big news of the night was the return of Sean Ratliff! Ratliff missed all of 2011 after being hit in the eye by a foul ball during spring training. His career was in jeopardy after the injury, but he has miraculously made his way back. Whether he ultimately makes it to the big leagues or not he should forever be held in high regard for just being able to step on the field and play after the injury he sustained. Ratliff is likely only in St. Lucie temporarily to get some games in before likely heading to Binghamton where he should spend most of the season. In his return he was 1 for 3 with a double while playing left field.
As for the rest of the game Cory Mazzoni started and went 6 strong innings, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits. Ryan Fraser followed with 2 scoreless innings of relief. Jeff Kaplan gave up a couple in the 9th but Adam Kolarek came on to get the final out and get the save. Robbie Shields was the offensive star, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles. It’s early but he’s hitting .462, although doing it mostly as a DH. Alonzo Harris had 2 hits while playing centerfield for Darrell Ceciliani, who has a tight hamstring. If Ceciliani has to miss significant time it would be a shame because he was off to a hot start; he also had an injury last April that set him back for the entire season. Cory Vaughn and Wilfredo Tovar both doubled. After striking out 8 times in the first 4 games, Vaughn has gone back-to-back games without a strikeout. Wilmer Flores was 1-2 with 3 RBI’s.
Savannah 10, Rome 5
The Gnats put up a 7-spot in the 7th to win this one and take the series against Rome. Logan Verrett started and pitched 5 innings with mixed results. On the one hand he gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, including 2 homeruns in a big ballpark. But on the other hand he walked none and struck out 10. Of course it was just his second professional start. Carlos Vazquez and Tyson Seng followed, both pitching 2 shutout innings while allowing 1 hit each. At the plate T.J. Rivera continues to tear it up, going 4 for 4 to jump his early-season average to .444. Travis Taijeron had 3 hits, including a homerun and 2 RBI’s. Cam Maron had 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 RBI’s. On a sour note, Aderlin Rodriguez committed his 6th error of the season and struck out 3 times.